Introduction & First looks
Today we will take a look at the Taiwanese manufacturer Chaintech’s new SSD drive called Apogee FlashSSD-A 64GB. Let’s take a look how this 64GB MLC SSD performs in our tests.
About Walton Chaintech:
Check out Walton Chaintech’s webpages for information about the company: http://www.chaintech.com.tw/
Form Factor: 2.5”slim design form factor
Dimension: 99.8 (L) X 69.63 (W) X 9.3(H) mm
Solution: SandForce& Intel MLC
Capacity: 60 ~ 120GB
Interface: SATA II 3Gbp/s
Read rate: Up to 285 MB/s
Write rate: Up to 275 MB/s
4k Random Write: 50,000 IOPS
Seek Time: 0.1 MS
Performance Optimization: TRIM (with OS support)
Compliant OS: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Linux, Mac OSX
Power Consumption: Idle: 0.5Watts Active: 2Watts
Shock Resistance: 1500G
Certifications: RoHS, CE, FCC
Our test unit came in black box with window in it. From the window you can see the product without opening the package. On the backside there’s some information and specifications about the product like power consumption, performance, and seek time. Because data is storaged in memory chips rather than spinning magnetic disks, the SSD drive can stand for extreme shocks. Chaintech claims the Apogee drive being capable of standing up to 1500G shocks without harming the unit.
Let’s take a quick loot at the product itself. Our SSD is made with MLC technology and is sized at 2.5″ like most of the SSD drives on market. 2.5″ size makes it possible to attach the drive to laptop as well as to desktop computer with an appropriate adapter. The drive uses SATA2 (backwards compatible with SATA1) interface. The drive is made from some metal compound and is colored in black with some golden stripes on it. You’ll find that the backside has a white sticker with a conventient place to write your name, information about the disk, or anything you like on it.
The thickness of the drive is like any normal 2.5″ hard disk, and there are places for two screws on both sides of the disk. Unfortunately an adapter for the 3.5″ installation was not included with the unit and has to be bought seperately.
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